March 16, 2009

England cricket

A cricket museum for Yorkshire

Cricinfo

Attendances for county games may continue to be low, but there’s no denying that there are still some die-hard fans. One of them, Keith Howard, has donated ₤300,000 (about US$427,000) to Yorkshire, the county with the most success in the Championship, towards building a museum to showcase the club’s 146-year history.

The museum will be in the East Stand at Headingley, and work is due to start next summer. Design firm Mather & Co, who have helped with museums of some of England’s biggest sporting institutions including Wimbledon, Manchester United and Arsenal football club, have been appointed to oversee the project.

The museum is to have interactive displays detailing the club’s history, a theatre, and will also house the club’s archives. Perhaps it will help us learn how a non-Yorkshireman like Lord Hawke overcame the county’s almost-fanatical refusal to field any player born outside Yorkshire to become its captain for 28 years.

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